Steve Gans, Eric Wynalda deliver first salvos in USSF presidential race

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:49:00 PDT

Sebastian Salazar joins the guys for a heated debate about the U.S.'s World Cup failure, who's to blame and how to recover. INCLINE VILLAGE, Nevada -- The Lake Tahoe area is as tranquil and scenic as they come. This time of year the days are still balmy enough, though the dusting of snow on the surrounding mountains is a reminder that winter isn't far away. It is here that the race for the presidency of the U.S. Soccer Federation began to heat up on Saturday. The gathering was ostensibly the annual meeting for the National Council of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association, where the mundane tasks of approving budgets and...

Panama official to propose renaming stadium after Sounders' Roman Torres

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:36:00 PDT

Roman Torres gives an in-depth breakdown of his goal that sent Panama to the World Cup. A politician in Panama wants to name a stadium after defender Roman Torres, whose goal qualified his country to its first-ever World Cup. Torres, who plays his club football in MLS for the Seattle Sounders, scored in the 87th minute to help Panama beat Costa Rica 2-1 and move above Honduras and the United States in the CONCACAF table. Panama qualified for next summer's World Cup, while the U.S. was eliminated and Honduras will have to go through a playoff against Australia. And after the crucial...

Eric Wynalda to stand for U.S. Soccer presidency, eyes changes to MLS

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 04:21:00 PDT

The FC panel share their thoughts on Landon Donovan's potential bid to challenge Sunil Gulati for the U.S. Soccer presidency. The FC pundits share their thoughts and experiences with coaches in the U.S. youth system and how it has contributed to the national team's World Cup failure. Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez debate whether U.S. players need to be held responsible for their World Cup failure. Former United States international Eric Wynalda says he will run for the role of U.S. Soccer Federation president, and his platform could call for major changes to Major League Soccer. Wynalda told ESPN FC on Saturday that he's "a firm believer" in promotion and relegation and would like to move MLS to the European season calendar. He would also push for equal pay for men's and women's national teams. Wynalda, who won 106 caps and scored 34 goals for the U.S., will go up against Boston attorney...

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid unlikely to play in last game for D.C. United

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:52:00 PDT

With RFK Stadium set to close its doors, relive some of the best MLS moments at D.C. United's legendary stadium. Goalkeeper Bill Hamid appears set to skip his final game with D.C. United on Sunday, with coach Ben Olsen unsure of the U.S. international's location on Friday. "I don't have a GPS system on him," Olsen told The Washington Post. Hamid said earlier this week that he was planning to leave D.C. at the end of the season, with multiple reports saying the 26-year-old is close to a deal with Danish club Midtjylland. And with United set to conclude its season on Sunday against the New York Red Bulls...

MLS Predictor: Decision Day

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:23:57 PDT

Mark Donaldson and Herculez Gomez battle it out in predictor ahead of the final weekend of the MLS regular season.

MLS Decision Day predictions: Who will pick up wins on the league's last day?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:29:00 PDT

Mark Donaldson and Herculez Gomez battle it out in predictor ahead of the final weekend of the MLS regular season. ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes break down the best in MLS with his weekly awards. Relive how the Western Conference played out throughout the 2017 MLS season. Take a look back at the Eastern Conference standings throughout the 2017 MLS season. The final week of the MLS regular season is nigh, with a playoff spot up for grabs and postseason seeding still to be decided. ESPN FC's team of MLS writers take a crack at predicting the outcomes of five of the weekend's key matches.   Atlanta United vs. Toronto FC: Even with both teams already qualified for the playoffs and TFC locked in as the top seed in the East, there is a lot of intrigue about this one. From Atlanta's perspective, it's crucial to finish in the top four in the conference,...

Atlanta United's unity makes it more than just an expansion team

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:46:00 PDT

Brad Guzan and Jeff Larentowicz are joined by fans to discuss their passion for the club during Atlanta United's unbeaten start at Mercedes Benz Stadium. The term "Best Expansion Team Ever" can also be filed under "Damning with faint praise." It's intended as flattery, but it's really borne of low expectations. In the first 21 years of Major League Soccer's existence, just three of the league's 13 expansion teams managed to reach the postseason, with just one after the turn of the millennium. In 2017, Atlanta United became the fourth, shattering attendance records and playing some eye-catching football along the way. So when the question is posed...

NYCFC could move another match from Yankee Stadium to Citi Field

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:53:00 PDT

David Villa scored his first goal in more than a month to help New York City FC secure a point at Chicago Fire. New York City FC could play more than one match at Citi Field as the New York Yankees continue their playoff run. "It's probably a little early for me to say definitively, but it's safe to say that Citi Field is certainly an option and it's something we're considering," NYCFC president Jon Patricof said. "We'll continue to explore other alternatives." NYCFC will play their Decision Day finale on Sunday at the home of the New York Mets, in Queens. They were forced to move the game from their regular...

Columbus Crew won't give refunds for 2018 season tickets amid move plans

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:30:00 PDT

Alejandro Moreno reflects back at his time with the Columbus Crew and breaks down their potential move to Austin, Texas. Columbus Crew SC will not give refunds to season-ticket holders for what might be the team's last season in Ohio before a possible move to Austin, Texas. Returning season-ticket holders had already been charged at least part of the amount of their ticket plan for next season when club owner Anthony Precourt said this week that he would need to see a "dramatic change" to keep the team in Columbus beyond 2018. Fans who did not want to automatically renew their tickets had to opt out before Sept. 18,...

The storylines that will make Decision Day one of MLS' most memorable

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:57:00 PDT

Relive how the Western Conference played out throughout the 2017 MLS season. Take a look back at the Eastern Conference standings throughout the 2017 MLS season. Herculez Gomez and Mark Donaldson break down the key storylines ahead of 2017 MLS Decision Day. When MLS kicked off in March, there were a plenty of uncertainties. The defending champion Seattle Sounders would need to find a way to reincorporate Clint Dempsey. Despite bringing in Juninho and Dax McCarty, the Chicago Fire seemed a piece or two short of truly making noise in the East. On paper, the season seemed to pit FC Dallas and Toronto FC on a collision course to MLS Cup 2017. Since then, we've seen seismic shifts across the league. While it did take Seattle a while to jell, the Sounders...

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